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Came across this definition of morality in a book about journalism (Klaidman
& Beauchamp's 'The Virtuous Journalist') whilst doing something entirely
un-memetics related the other day. They define morality as a set of
'culturally transmitted rules of right and wrong conduct that establish the
basic terms of social life'.
Despite being an artefact-meme supporter, this piqued my interest. Can
morals be culturally transmitted, if so, how? If so, are they memes? More
fundamentally are morals innate, or culturally produced? If the latter,
how/why do some spread more than others? Are what we perceive of as innate
values, actually environmentally specific- which I mean in a way distinct
from culturally specific (e.g. isolated communities favouring polygamy due
to a gender imbalance).
I'm not sure what my own views are at this point in time, but it raised
these questions in my mind.
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